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'The Glass Room' (re)visited

My wife and I were both so taken with The Glass Room by Simon Mawer that on our visit to the Czech Republic this month we made a point of visiting the Villa Tugendhat, the location (and indeed the centrepiece) of that fine novel. 379 more words


Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella

Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella (Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel) was a co-production between East Germany and Czechoslovakia. DEFA made twelve films in co-production with the ČSSR’s Barrandov Film Studios. 1,569 more words


Listening to a radio play, I found myself back in a summer school in Moscow in August 1968

I’ve just been listening to a play on Radio 4 about some British teenagers at a Soviet summer beach camp in August 1968, when the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia. 339 more words


Josef Skvorecky: The Engineer of Human Souls

This is one of my all-time favourite books, and I’ve just read it for the fifth time, according to my records; I was somewhat astonished to see, however, than I hadn’t picked it up since the end of the last century… 683 more words


Book: The Joke (1967)

Milan Kundera: The Joke                                              ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥